Niels Swinkels

Native Dutchman Niels Swinkels is a freelance journalist, musicologist, and sound engineer. Before moving to San Francisco, he was the arts editor and senior classical music/opera critic for Brabants Dagblad, a regional daily newspaper in the Netherlands. As a freelance writer and sound engineer, he currently works for San Francisco Opera, KALW Local Public Radio, Elevation Online, Earprint Productions, and others.

Articles by this Author

Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Cal Performances Review Hespèrion XXI: Splendor from Istanbul
February 24, 2015

Jordi Savall continues his magical odyssey through the musical world of historical Istanbul.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Rotterdam Philharmonic: The Other Great Dutch Orchestra
February 19, 2015

On its U.S. tour, the orchestra delivered unequivocal proof that it is a fantastic ensemble, and that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a phenomenal conductor.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Explores Music of Bach's Cousins
February 10, 2015

Bach's musical cousins got a highly satisfactory hearing from the historical performance specialists.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Goodwin and Teuscher Shine in SFS Debuts
February 3, 2015

Paul Goodwin's conducting debut with S.F. Symphony was welcome, if belated, while soprano Lydia Teuscher stole the show.

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Opera REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists and the Enduring Charm of <em>Acis and Galatea</em>
January 29, 2015

ABS did a terrific job with the most winning of Handel’s theater works, introducing a fine soprano in the process.

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Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Kremer and Trifonov Deliver Rewards with Challenging Program
January 18, 2015

Warm and fuzzy it wasn't, but Gidon Kremer's traversal of two pieces by Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg were worth the price of admission.

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Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Choral Artists  Unforgettable Postcards From Abroad
December 14, 2014

With Artistic Director Magen Solomon as tour guide, the S.F. Choral Artists took their audiences on an unusual holiday trip around the world.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Chorale Steals Christmas (in the Best Possible Way)
December 9, 2014

With all due respect to the fine orchestra and lauded guest soloists, it was the voices of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale that made their “Joyous Christmas” concert an evening to remember.

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Choral REVIEW
 Volti   Volti Sings of Longing and Desire
November 25, 2014

Three world premieres are featured in Volti's concert "Want Me: Songs of Longing and Desire" at the visually arresting St. Gregory of Nyssa's Church.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Wind Ensemble  San Francisco Wind Ensemble Opens “Colossal” Third Season
November 9, 2014
The San Francisco Wind Ensemble showed maturity beyond its years in a performance of Ferrer Ferrán's, Symphony No. 4, “El Coloso.” Read the review. More about San Francisco Wind Ensemble »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Andreas Scholl and Philharmonia Baroque: Great Music Mixed With Fun
November 10, 2014

There was so much energy and uplift to the Philharmonia Baroqueʼs concert with countertenor Andreas Scholl, it felt like a party.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  Young Cast Shines in S.F. Opera <em>Cenerentola</em>
November 10, 2014

Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes makes a strong impression in S.F. Operaʼs revival of Rossiniʼs La Cenerentola.

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Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Bach Choir  Chemistry Sparked With Magen Solomon at S.F. Bach Choir
October 21, 2014

With the appointment of Dr. Magen Solomon as its new Artistic Director last June, the San Francisco Bach Choir has entered a new era.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  London Philharmonic's Dramatic Transformation
October 15, 2014

The London Philharmonic comes to town for two concerts as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers Series, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra SFJAZZ Steven Isserlis Alights With PBO
October 10, 2014

Cellist Steven Isserlis adds luster to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s first concert of its 34th season, at SFJAZZ.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Marin Symphony's Fantastique Season Opener
September 30, 2014

If Sunday’s season opener is any indication of the care and dedication with which each Marin Symphony program will be presented, fans of the orchestra have a lot to look forward to.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Opener: Safe to Savor
September 5, 2014

Playing scores by beloved French and Russian composers, the S.F. Symphony launches its new season, its 20th with the still-sprightly Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  Chan and Vardanega: Age, Scores, Beauty
August 17, 2014

Considerable talent and a magnetic stage presence are but two of the gifts of an ad hoc musical duo, Nathan Chan and Audrey Vardanega.

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Choral REVIEW
   Soloing In On Russian Choral Music
August 8, 2014

The Bay Area was served a generous helping of Russian vocal music last week during the West Coast’s first Russian Choral Festival.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  Impressive Results for West Edge Opera's <em>End of the Affair</em>
August 3, 2014

The West Edge Opera’s creative team managed to create a functional, and most of all intimate performance space for its three operas this season, notably in Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair.

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